Thursday, January 14, 2016

Baltimore Activist Alert - January 14 - 15, 2016

27] Witness to Hunger – Jan. 14
28] $2 A DAY – Jan. 14
29] "Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics" – Jan. 14
30] Peace group meets – Jan. 14
31] Peace vigil at White House – Jan. 15
32] WIB peace vigil – Jan. 15
27] – Come to THE ARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE, WDC, on Thurs., Jan. 14 from 6 to 9 PM and join Witnesses to Hunger to launch a site in the nation's capital and attend a reception to mark the opening of an exhibit with photographs taken by members of Witnesses to Hunger from Washington, D.C.  Witnesses to Hunger is a growing national advocacy project featuring the voices and photography of parents who have experienced hunger and poverty firsthand. With sites in Philadelphia, Camden, Baltimore, New Haven, and Boston, Witnesses to Hunger is working with community partners and photographers from DC to ignite a dialogue around hunger and poverty in the nation's capital and throughout our country. Contact Kate Scully at

28] – At the Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC, on Thurs., Jan. 14 from 7 to 9 PM, hear about the book “$2.00 A Day,” an author talk with Kathryn Edin, one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, recognized for using both quantitative research and direct, in-depth observation to illuminate key mysteries about people living in poverty.  She co-authored the book with H. LUKE SHAEFER, an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and a research affiliate at the National Poverty Center. See

The book is a revelatory account of poverty in the USA which is so deep that we, as a country, don’t think it exists.  After two decades of brilliant research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen since the mid-1990s — households surviving on virtually no income. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on calculating incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American households, including about 3 million children. 

29] – On Thurs., Jan. 14 at 7:30 PM come to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201, for a book launch with Lester Spence. His book "Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics" takes on the turn to neoliberalism in black politics. As he notes, while both race and economic inequality seem to be on everyone's mind, we too often are presented with "an approach to politics that doesn’t take either politics or political economy seriously [or] an approach to neoliberalism that doesn’t really take racism seriously." “Knocking the Hustle” is a call to think about human potential in terms other than as "human capital," to think about the deep structural problems facing urban Black communities as something other than market opportunities, and to understand why "we’ve been forced to hustle and grind our way out of the post-civil rights era" and how "it is this hustle and grind in all of its institutional manifestations that’s resulted in our current condition." Call 443-602-7585.  Go to

21] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore now meets on Thursdays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence.  There will be a meeting on Thurs., Jan. 14 at 7:30 PM.  The agenda will include Freddie Gray & local organizing, killer drones and Obama, an action at the State of the Union, the refugees, lobbying John Sarbanes, the MLK march and the unending wars. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at

23] – On Fri., Jan. 15 from noon to 1 PM, join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in a vigil urging the powers that be to abolish war and torture, to disarm all weapons, to end indefinite detention, to close Guantanamo, to establish justice for all and help create the Beloved Community! This vigil will take place at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contract Art @ or at 202-360-6416. 

24] – On Fri., Jan. 15 from noon to 1 PM, join Women in Black peace vigil. This vigil will take place at the corner of Light and Pratt Sts.  Stay for as long as you can. Wear black. Dress for who knows what kind of weather. Bring your own poster or help with the "NO WAR IN MY NAME" banner.  When there are others to stand with, you don't need to carry the burden alone. Do this to be in solidarity with others....when everything around us says, Be afraid of the stranger.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] Go to

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs 

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